Jeremy Caspe Commits To URI's Div. I Football Program
David Creed •
Jeremy Caspe's senior football season, from a team perspective, may not have gone how he hoped it would. Nantucket finished the year with a 1-8 record, but that didn't stop Caspe from showing up to the practice field everyday to improve his game, or the weight room to improve his strength and quickness, or playing every snap like it was his last in games because he wanted to help his team in any way he could as a two-way starter who never came off the field.
All of Caspe's hard work has earned him the opportunity to continue his academic and football career following his graduation from Nantucket High School this June with the University of Rhode Island's Div. I football program as a tight end prospect.
“I just went to URI and it felt like home," Caspe said. "I felt appreciated and it felt like a place that wanted me and where I wanted to be. I had a few other schools that were giving me offers, but I went to a camp at URI in the summer, a game day visit in the fall, and then they had me in for an official visit where I got to do the uniforms and stuff which I thought was really cool. I just appreciated it and it is somewhere where I feel like I won’t just be a number. I will be important.”
Caspe played defensive end, tight end, and was a core special team player for Nantucket. He is also impressive in the classroom, sporting a 3.8 GPA.
The Whalers operate a run-heavy offense, but the 6'7, 230 pound Caspe has proven to be a solid run blocker and when given the opportunity, he has flashed potential as a pass catcher with a large catch radius and good awareness when coming down with the football.
Caspe will be one of three Nantucket alumni in the Rams' program next fall. He joins Class of 2018 offensive lineman Nick Correia, who has thrived at URI as a three-year starter and could have a chance at making it into the NFL, along with Class of 2022 alum Makai Bodden, who will begin his first season with the Rams next fall after a season with IMG Academy's post-grad football team where he caught 15 balls and scored eight total touchdowns, including this beautiful one-handed touchdown catch.
Caspe said he has been in touch with both players and that they have been a tremendous help throughout the process.
“It is nice because since Makai is there now, we will be starting our first seasons there together," Caspe said. "That will be cool and Nick Correia will be there as a guy to look up to. I was texting Nick the other day and he was basically just saying ‘they want you, just learn the plays, what you are supposed to be doing, and hit hard while being a good part of the line and the ball will come to you eventually. Then Makai has just been answering all of my random questions about the school, how practice is, what it looks like outside of football. Just seems like the right fit all-around.”
Caspe said he will be working on his speed and his ability to beat defenders at the line of scrimmage. Caspe takes pride in his work ethic in the weight room and is excited to get to work adding more muscle to his frame. He said he wants to work on physical domination at the point of attack."
Caspe knows however that he wouldn't be here without plenty of help along the way. He said he is appreciative for all of his family, friends, and the many coaches he has had, but mentioned offensive line coach Vaughan Machado, head coach Tim Psaradelis, and defensive coordinator/assistant coach Mark Willett as three mentors who have helped him in so many ways.
Those three guys really are just so important to me," Caspe said. "Coach Machado barking at me for every single little thing I do wrong to make sure my steps are right. Coach Psaradelis and his super creative mind just knowing how to use me as a player. Then Coach Willett just being that guy telling me before games to kick their a**. I texted them today and they are all super pumped up for me and happy for me."